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Law & Order: SVU: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

Law and Order: SVU ratingsHere are the ratings for Law & Order: SVU. Senior detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) is gone but detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) continues the good fight with the assistance of two new NYPD detectives, Nick Amaro and Amanda Rollins (Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish). The 13th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit typically airs Wednesday nights at 10pm on the NBC network.

Here are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if Law & Order: SVU is going to be cancelled or renewed for season 14. Check out our NBC ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season 13 averages: 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.87 million total viewers.

Episode 13-23: Wednesday, 05/23/12 (season finale)
2.0 in the demo (+18% episode-to-episode change) with 7.16 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.91 in the demo with 6.87 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-22: Wednesday, 05/16/12
1.7 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.56 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.90 in the demo with 6.85 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-21: Wednesday, 05/09/12
1.8 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 5.90 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.91 in the demo with 6.91 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Update: NBC has renewed SVU for a 14th season.

Episode 13-20: Wednesday, 05/02/12
1.9 in the demo (+12% episode-to-episode change) with 6.62 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.92 in the demo with 6.96 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-19: Wednesday, 04/25/12
1.7 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 6.56 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.92 in the demo with 6.98 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-18: Wednesday, 04/18/12
1.6 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.95 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.93 in the demo with 7.01 million.
Demo average rank: tied for #3 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-17: Wednesday, 04/11/12
1.7 in the demo (+6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.57 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.95 in the demo with 7.07 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 20 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-16: Wednesday, 2/29/12
1.6 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 5.42 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.97 in the demo with 7.16 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-15: Wednesday, 2/22/12
1.6 in the demo (-6% episode-to-episode change) with 5.99 million; second in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.99 in the demo with 7.28 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-14: Wednesday, 2/15/12
1.7 in the demo (-15% episode-to-episode change, a new series low) with 5.90 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.02 in the demo with 7.37 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-13: Wednesday, 02/08/12:
2.0 in the demo (+11% episode-to-episode change) with 6.55 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.05 in the demo with 7.48 million.
Demo average rank: #3 of 17 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-12: Wednesday, 01/18/12:
1.8 in the demo (-10% episode-to-episode change) with 6.42 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.05 in the demo with 7.56 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 16 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-11: Wednesday, 1/11/12
2.0 in the demo (+5% episode-to-episode change) with 8.40 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.07 in the demo with 7.66 million.
Demo average rank: #5 of 15 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-10: Wednesday, 12/07/11
1.9 in the demo (-14% episode-to-episode change) with 7.03 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.08 in the demo with 7.59 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-09: Wednesday, 11/30/11
2.2 in the demo (+16% episode-to-episode change) with 9.90 million; first in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.10 in the demo with 7.65 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-08: Wednesday, 11/16/11
1.9 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.33 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.09 in the demo with 7.37 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-07: Wednesday, 11/09/11
1.9 in the demo (-5% episode-to-episode change) with 6.70 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.11 in the demo with 7.38 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-06: Wednesday, 11/2/11
2.0 in the demo (-9% episode-to-episode change) with 7.10 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.15 in the demo with 7.49 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 13 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-05: Wednesday, 10/19/11
2.2 in the demo (+5% episode-to-episode change) with 7.66 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 7.57 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-04: Wednesday, 10/12/11
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.34 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 7.55 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-03: Wednesday, 10/5/11
2.1 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 7.98 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 2.2 in the demo with 7.62 million.
Demo average rank: #4 of 11 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 13-02: Wednesday, 9/28/11
Week two didn’t bring any better news with a 13% demo decline; garnering a 2.1 rating with 7.24 million. While these numbers are disappointing, the show is still the network’s third-highest rated scripted series.
Season average: 2.3 demo with 7.44 million.

Episode 13-01: Wednesday, 9/21/11
The venerable crime drama returned to disappointing numbers, a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.63 million viewers. That was down by 25% in the demo when compared to last year’s premiere. It was in a distant third place for the timeslot.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.48 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Law & Order: SVU TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a 14th season?

 

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Anon April 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

Despite feeling the lack of Stabler think the stories are better now. And Mariska Hargitay is fabulous. Mariska, and talented is very beautiful. Those eyes …..

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Louise Dahlgren March 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

Stabler who? I certainly don’t miss his character. His leaving has given Benson a time to connect with someone special and Mariska’s acting is incredible. I love the new cast and I think this season has been the best ever. Please, don’t even consider cancelling it. I just don’t understand why I don’t see any upcoming episodes.

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stephanie March 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

This was my favorite show but too many changes stabler needs to come back and i agree with cami Ice-T needs to be more prominent when i found out stabler was not coming back i was hoping Ice-T would be paired with benson, the only reason i am still watching it is because it is the only show on Wednesdays that i somewhat like.

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Cami February 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I think the changes have been too much, too soon. I love Ice-T. Really wish he was more prominent. Would like to see him paired with Benson more. And I think they are rushing the love interest with Benson. Slow down and let us get acquainted with all of these new faces.

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Jozette McDonald February 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

I still think that Benson and Ice T, make a great team. My favorite Law and Order:SVU series is the best.

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debra January 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm

although i love mariska,i have stopped watching.it is missing something without meloni. there is no interest in the story line to me. and mariska lacks the passion she had with meloni that was so ovious. i still enjoy the reruns.

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Anastasia January 26, 2012 at 7:28 am

There was never any closure for Olivia or the squad. He was just GONE. Boom. Done. Two people as close as they were — would at least have a few phone calls or something. And Olivia didn’t comb her hair for two months, which was a bit strange. The “ensemble” missing, and I can barely tolerate an entire show anymore. Haven’t finished it in months. Sad demise.

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Tracy January 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I hate to see the show go but it’s just not the same with out Elliot Stabler. So sad but I don’t see it returning to its past numbers with out Stabler an Benson team. They want good numbers, bring him back and start a relationship with Olivia, that’ll get you viewers or atkeast itd be a great series finally!

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clifford williams December 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I still think the show is good but if the network isn’t getting 20.5 million viewers every week then it’s dead because the networks are cruel

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Michelle December 18, 2011 at 4:17 am

SVU is pretty pointless without Meloni who brought the passion to the show. Considering the show had an average of a 2.5 rating last season with Stabler, these ratings are pretty poor. The only half decent ratings they have had was in the premiere, when people tuned in to see how they would explain Stabler’s absence, and a week when everything else was on repeats. It still doesn’t mean that the show will be cancelled though, as even these poor ratings represent a hit show on NBC.

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shirley December 15, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I love the new show with the edition of Danny Pino. Although I miss Meloni, the show is still great.

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Robert S. December 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

I am enjoying the new season. I think the writing and production far outstep last year. I do miss Meloni, of course, but I support Hatgitay, the two new detectives, and all the rest this year. The only wish I have is that, somehow, the show would find a way to free Willie Tate from prison, an innocent man that almost went free at the top of 2009.

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L. Pat December 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I truly like the new cast members. I have seen them on other shows and know their potential. With time this cast could prove to be the best one yet. I hope they return for a new season focusing more on the new members and less on the past members.

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DAM December 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

The show seems to be lacking without Meloni–almost like the producer didn’t expect his departure and was left scrambling to put something together. The new characters don’t quite fit in (yet), the change in Mariska Hargitay’s character seems awkward/forced and the set redesign, to me, was a mistake. I’m still watching, primarily because I don’t like the other offerings in the time slot, but I may end up watching reruns on one of the cable channels if things don’t improve. It’s a shame, I don’t want to see Kelli Giddish without a show, again.

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Jeremy Rynek December 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

It’ll still get renewed because they really don’t have any choice really.

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